If there’s one meal that you’ll find me (Karen here, hi there!) making again and again from week to week, it would be pasta. There are just a plethora of ways to prep pasta meals. You can choose from so many sauces and mix in practically any protein or toppings. Mmm, I can smell the fresh basil and Parmigiano Reggiano just as I write this. It just so happens that October is National Pasta Month (YES, an excuse to eat pasta ALL THE TIME!), and what better way to celebrate than to add some flair to your pasta meals? Today, we’re teaming up with the folks at Giovanni Rana® for a fun and easy DIY to deck out your pasta serving bowls. Get ready for some vibrant pops of color and adorable pasta-inspired patterns. Let’s get to it!


BTW, if you’re not familiar with Giovanni Rana®, it’s time to head to your local grocer to check them out in the refrigerated section. After decades of bringing the love of refrigerated pasta to Italy, the brand is now making its debut in America. Giovanni Rana has been making pasta for over 54 years, offering a wide range of high quality Italian products including refrigerated pasta and sauces. We got our hands on a few products from their selection, and let me tell you, we’re ALL about these authentic Italian pastas that are ready to eat in just a few minutes!

Materials + Tools:

  • tissue paper
  • white ceramic serving bowl
  • foam brush
  • dishwasher-safe gloss sealant
  • scissors


  1. Cut out varying sizes of rectangles and squares from your tissue paper colors.
  2. Tear off the edges for a more organic, textured look.
  3. Flip the ceramic bowl over. Paint a layer of dishwasher-safe sealant onto the bowl.
  4. Gently add your tissue paper shapes and paint another coat of sealant on top.
  5. Wipe off any tissue paper dye leakage with a paper towel. Allow the glue to dry for 1-2 hours.

Start off by cutting out varying sizes of rectangles or squares from your tissue paper. We used four different colors here (how awesome is this glitter pattern?!). Tear off the edges for a more organic, textured look.


When you have all your shapes ready, flip the ceramic bowl over. Add a layer of dishwasher safe sealant to the area where you want your tissue paper. Gently place the tissue paper shapes on top of the glue, then add a second coat of sealant on top. Be really careful — the paper tears easily when it’s coated in glue.


Play around with the texture of the tissue paper. I personally like the look that the wrinkles provide.


Some tissue paper colors may bleed when coated with the glue. Wipe off any dye leakage with a paper towel. Allow the glue to dry for 1-2 hours.


Flip the bowl back over. AANNND you’re done!


If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, play around with different shapes to create your very own pasta-inspired pattern!

Pro Tip: When cutting out the same shape, expedite the process by folding your tissue paper into quarters.


Pour some pasta into your newly designed bowls, and you’ve got yourself a pasta party!


Time to gush more about our new favorite busy-day dinner option! We can cook this stuff in a matter of minutes, meaning yummy pasta can go from refrigerator to pot to bowl to belly in no time :)


Today we’re celebrating with the Family Size Chicken Mozzarella Tortelloni from Giovanni Rana®, lightly stirred in Giovanni Rana® Marinara Sauce. If you’re not a chicken fan, the brand also has a variety of other tasty pastas and sauce flavors — including the Giovanni Rana® Family Size Mozzarella Cheese Ravioli and the Giovanni Rana® Basil Pesto Sauce, which is made with 100% Genovese basil.


Seriously, nothing beats flavorful pasta that’s ready to serve in just minutes — perfect for celebrating National Pasta Month :)


BONUS! Check out some photos from our lovely Giovanni Rana event at Brit + Co.


Gals and guys DIY’d their own serving bowls and sampled our favorite Giovanni Rana® pasta and sauce pairings.


How cute are the bowls these ladies made?!

That’s a wrap! Happy National Pasta Month :)

Get ready to Share What’s Inside with your DIY pasta bowl. Tag us on Instagram using the hashtags #DineWithRana + #iamcreative!

Production + Styling: Karen Pham

Photography: Chris Andre + Brittany Griffin